Jerry Spagnoli: Regard



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Jerry Spagnoli


Between May and September 2012, Jerry Spagnoli photographed the myriad faces of people transfixed by an enormous electronic billboard above New York’s Times Square. Regard, the result of this ambitious documentary undertaking, is a visual chronicle presenting almost 500 faces of great cultural and individual diversity.

The particular billboard in question was set up to periodically display an image of the crowd beneath it. Pedestrians would wander by, absorbed in their thoughts, before noticing the billboard and pausing to search for their images. On finding themselves, many marked the occasion with an obligatory selfie. Spagnoli recorded these processes and the emotions of expectation and delight they elicit, creating an intricate collective portrait.

For me the situation was compelling and complex. The light in Times Square is particularly beautiful at that time of the year. The expressions on people’s faces were open and unselfconscious, as they all looked up towards that great light in the sky. Jerry Spagnoli

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Weight 1744 g
Dimensions 16.1 x 20.7 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 14 September 2019
Number of pages 936
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.1 x 20.7 cm
Weight 1744 g


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Born in New York in 1956, Jerry Spagnoli is one of the principal practitioners of the daguerreotype and lectures regularly on the subject. His work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Spagnoli's work has appeared in many publications, and Steidl has released his Daguerreotypes (2006) and American Dreaming (2011).